At last! After over a year of searching, I finally have a video of and can see exactly what goes on at a pin trading event in Disneyland Paris. This particular video is from a pin trading event in the Newport Bay Club hotel from 19th December 2009. The video is from David Oppenheim who actually has his own Disneyland Paris podcast where he features audio from the parks and can be found here. Thanks for sending me the link to your video David, aftyer hearing me go on about it for months I’m sure everyone will be glad to finally see what a ticket to a pin trading night in Disneyland Paris gets them.
The food looks great, much better than I was expecting. Anyone else want one of those double decker chocolate square treats? The whole event is a lot grander than I had imagined and having a special show is great. My eyes grew to the size of saucers at 3 minutes and 7 seconds when The Duel of the Fates music from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace started playing. No Star Wars character appeared, but instead we saw Captain Hook, who in the world of Disney animation is probably as close to a Sith as anyone.
There looked to be some serious collectors there with their collections of pins and if I were there I’d take mine just to show them off and not to trade. I buy pins specifically to keep and only ever trade starter pins that are on sale in the shops. I’d buy the limited edition pins that are revealed exclusively on the night though.
So there we have it, we now know that a pin trading night consists of a really nice buffet, a great show, and the opportunity to buy exclusive pins and trade and meet with other pin collectors. Seems like pretty good value for 20€.